Radical Joy Revealed
September 24, 2014

Radical Joy Revealed is a weekly message of inspiration about finding and making beauty in wounded places. We hope you'll enjoy these doorways into places that are both familiar and surprising, and we welcome your suggestions, stories, and photos. Click here to subscribe.

The Beauty of Imperfection
GasPad Bird
RadJoy Bird made of wildflowers on a gas drilling pad, Thompson, PA, Global Earth Exchange 2014. Photo by Andrew Gardner

One of the things that makes the Radical Joy for Hard Times Earth Exchange so moving is that is offers a rare opportunity do something that's bountiful, spontaneous, generous, creative, communal... and imperfect.


When we offer a gift of beauty to a wounded place, we act purely in response to the place and our own feelings about it in the moment. We don't have to spend money, be an expert, mobilize people, or haul in supplies. No one knows we've given this gift and we get no credit for it. Once we leave the place, the gift belongs to the winds, rains, and animals. Its effectiveness can't be measured. But like a kiss, a laugh, or hastening to the aid of someone who's tripped and fallen, it's an impulse we agree to act on because we're human beings seized with the urge to involve ourselves with our beautiful, beloved, troubled world.


Thanks to Jo Beall of Portland, Oregon for the inspiration for this week's RadJoy Revealed. If you have ideas, let us know! 


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On June 21 people around the world went to wounded places, shared their stories of what the places mean to them, spent time getting to know the places as they are now, and made a simple act of beauty there. To see the photos of the 5th annual Global Earth Exchange, visit our website. To read the stories click on the little "pins" on our world map.
Radical Joy for Hard Times is a global community dedicated to finding and making beauty in wounded places. Reconnecting with these places, sharing our stories of loss and despair, and making acts of beauty there, we transform the land, reconnect people and the places that nourish them, and empower ourselves to make a difference in the way we live on Earth.
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